A girl went missing from Spokane when she was just 16. Now 28 years later, a family finally has closure after learning their loved one was murdered in Arizona.
Investigators say DNA evidence identified a murder victim found in 1987 as Deanna Lee Criswell.
At 16, she left home to chase after her boyfriend.
"Her boyfriend Bill had sent her a bus ticket and she was going to go to Arizona and live with him," said Deanna's sister Debbie Renn.
Besides one phone call to say she was safe, no one ever heard from her again.
"She was just a sweet kid with a wild streak. You know, and they're wasn't a lot of parental involvement, and you know we were making our own decisions," said Deanna's step brother Scott Wing.
For nearly three decades, Renn hopes Deanna had changed her name and was living another life elsewhere.
"I was so hoping I would be able to see her again someday. That we would find her alive and well somewhere," said Renn.
But the family heard nothing.